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Packages of cocaine wash ashore on Dutch beach; “fortune seekers” look for more

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PortandTerminal.com, October 11, 2020

BORSSELE, NETHERLANDS – Almost 300 packages of cocaine have washed ashore on the beach near the Dutch coastal town of Borssele, prompting “fortune seekers” to visit the beach looking for more, according to Dutch police.

Boressel, Netherlands

As the word spread that the packages were washing up on the beach, people from miles away started to appear last week.

Here to “get some fresh air”

Officers received a report this week that two people were searching along the waterline. When questioned, the beachcombers stated that they had driven several hundred miles to “get some fresh air”. When their car was checked, they were found to have thirty small bags of cocaine with them.

No information was available on the circumstances that lead to the drugs washing up on the beach. It’s not the first time that this type of thing has happened.

Last year authorities were forced to close down beaches across France’s southwest region after close to 900 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs started to wash up on its Atlantic coast in mid-October.

The cocaine picked up on the coast was reportedly tested to be “very pure”, as much as 83 per cent in purity.

Packet of cocaine on a beach
A suspect package allegedly containing cocaine lies on the sand on the Plage du Gressier in Le Porge, southwestern France, on November 11, 2019. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s a very pure product that must not be consumed in this form because there is a very high risk of overdose,” French Prosecutor Philippe Astruc told France 2 TV at the time.

Police told AFP that a 17-year-old was caught with five kilograms of the popular party drug at a beach near the city of Bourdeaux. He was reported to have driven three hours from Toulouse just to get to the beach.

Close to half a dozen beaches were closed in total.

The Guardian newspaper reported that some of packages had markings on them with the word “diamante” or “brillante”, which were similar to packages reported to have washed ashore in Florida during Hurricane Dorian in September.

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